Victoria has loved to draw since she was a child and her subject matter always reflected her love of horses and animals. Drawing constantly and excelling in her school art classes, it was a natural progression to pursue a formal art education.
After A levels, Victoria completed a Foundation Art course followed by an HND in Graphic Design. Victoria then worked in Design for several years before changing direction and focusing on a more traditional art career offering commissions, firstly to friends then to a wider audience.
Victoria is an Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists and a Signature Member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society. She is also a member of and exhibits with the Association of Animal Artists, and the Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI).
Victoria's artwork has won several awards;
'Patiently Waiting' was awarded Highly Commended and People's Choice vote in 2015 at the UKCPS Regional Exhibition
'Serenity' achieved Best Wild Animal and 3rd Reserve in Show at the UKCPS Open Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in 2016
'Forest Foal' was accepted into the 2017 UKCPS Open exhibition at the Menier Gallery
'Clementine' was awarded the "People's Choice" vote the 2017 UKCPS regional exhibition at the Pencil Museum in Cumbria.
It also made the top 200 from over 5000 entries in the SAA Artist of the Year 2017.
'You Scratch My Back...' has recently been awarded Best Picture at the 2017 UKCPS on-line exhibition.
'Patiently Waiting' was awarded Highly Commended in the 'Window to the Soul' category at the Association of Animal Artists 2018 Spring Exhibition
'Tehya' was accepted into the 2018 UKCPS Open Exhibition and Victoria has now achieved Signature status with the UK Coloured Pencil Society
'Grace' was awarded a Bronze Citation at The Wildlife Art Society International Exhibition in May 2018
Featured Artist in the US publication Colored Pencil Magazine for July 2018.
'Furry Textures' step by step article on fox fur in UKCPS Talking Point magazine December 2018
'Spring Dawn' received an Honourable Mention in the CPCAU 'Drawn Together' On-line Exhibition 2019.
'Contemplation' was awarded Runner Up to Best in Show at the Association of Animal Artists Spring Exhibition 2019.
'After the Storm' has been juried into the 2019 UKCPS Open Exhibition.
Contributing Artist with a 14 stage step-by-step tutorial in Ann Kulbergs 'Draw Wildlife in Coloured Pencil' published August 2019.
" What inspires me to draw a particular image?
The short answer is 'horses and animals' but why one image wins out over another is harder to define. However, I can say that I am drawn to the strong shapes and form of my animal subjects, the play of light and shadow creating depth and structure, power and grace. The tonal values of a subject are particularly captivating, and can really bring the subject to life on the page.
Emotional connection between the subjects is also important, whether that be a single animal and the viewer or capturing the interaction between the animals within the composition."